AFC ALDERMASTON manager Declan Jacob suffered Madejski Stadium heartbreak for the second successive season as his side crashed 5-0 to Wantage Town in the Reading Invitation Senior Cup final.

A year ago he was the joint manager of Highmoor Ibis when they went down 5-3 to the same opposition.

His Hellenic League Division One East side went into last Friday's tie as underdogs, as they were facing a Wantage team full of confidence after winning the Premier Division title.

The Atom Men, playing their first game since April 20, held the cup holders at bay until the 25th minute when Jack Dunmall broke the deadlock by curling a shot past keeper Sean Saxty.

Jacob would have been happy to have gone into the interval just a goal down, but just before half-time his side conceded a second with Stephen Robertson getting on the end of a right-wing cross.

And it was Robertson, the Hellenic League's leading scorer with 40 goals, who extended the lead just before the hour mark, this time from the penalty spot.

Wantage were now in full flight and Bradley Cox headed them further in front on 66 minutes with substitute Kaylem Patterson completing the scoring in the 77th to round off a great season for the club.

A cup winners' medal could be the last memento of their Wantage careers as a number of players are expected to leave the club, who are looking to appoint a new manager ahead of their promotion to the Southern League Central Division.

Aldermaston will be facing three new opponents next season with relegated Abingdon United, Thames Valley Premier League champions Marlow United and Risborough Rangers all coming into One East.